Do you know there are over a hundred if not a thousand mango varieties out there? Growing up, in Cameroon, we only had two types of mangos to content with – number one and number two mangoes. Seriously, that is how we call them. My favorite is number one – they are quite juicy, sweet as candy, with a greenish exterior even when ripen. Oh how I miss it…. like a child misses its blanket.
I have tried several varieties here, in Los Angeles but nothing comes close to it. During the summer, I get to settle with this mango here, left out to ripen and they hit the spot- for now.
Anyways, here is an easy dessert that you can whip up right now when mangoes are in season. They are best made with really ripe mangoes, so as not sweeten it up with lots of sugar.
If you have never tried a mango fool before Or aren’t familiar with it, fools are basically fruit mixed in with whipped cream and are quite easy to make with a short list of ingredients.
Feel free to switch the fruit with berries, papaya, peaches, pineapples or a combination of any two fruits. A healthy alternative would be to use greek yogurt . To spice this fool up you can also lace the mango puree with 1-2 tablespoons of rum.
- 3-4 ripe mangoes, peeled, coarsely chopped, plus slices for garnish
- 2-4 tablespoons sugar
- 1 lime zest and juice
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or almond flavor
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- Reserve about ½ cup or more of chopped mangoes for garnish and assembling.
- Blend the remaining mangoes in a blender or food processor together with lime juice and about 2-3 tablespoon sugar. Adjust sugar preference . Set aside
- Using an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine heavy cream, with about 1 tablespoon of the sugar, lime zest and vanilla. Blend in additional lime juice and sugar to taste. Mix on medium high speed until peaks form.
- To assemble, divide half the mango purée among the 6 glasses; top each with puree mango, cubes (optional) whipped cream. Alternate whipped cream, puree, and cubes according to preference. Chill until ready to serve